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Filmmakers: Is A Theatrical Release Still Essential, Or Will VOD/Digital Distribution Suffice?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2012 2:19 PM
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That's the dream for most filmmakers isn't it? Your film on the proverbial big screen, in front of hundreds, thousands, millions of anxious eyeballs, looking forward to whatever it is you have in store for them.

Exclusive: Giancarlo Esposito Talks Current Projects, More; Directing Series On Slave Abolitionist John Brown

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • October 9, 2012 1:47 PM
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You’d think that one would discover an actor’s talent in their best film. Well, I remember becoming a follower of Giancarlo Esposito’s work when I watched the Jennifer Lopez produced film, “Feel the Noise.”

Call For Filmmaking Proposals ($19 Million Initiative, Open To African, Caribbean Filmmakers)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2012 12:40 PM
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Information you can use, courtesy of an email from our friends at Screen Africa; it sounds like a combo filmmakers lab/co-production, distribution market:

Robert Johnson Talks Image Ent/Acorn Media Acquisition; Wants To Emulate Tyler Perry’s Appeal

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2012 12:12 PM
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With the recent announcement that Robert Johnson's RLJ Acquisitions had formally completed the purchase of Image Entertainment and Acorn Media, creating RLJ Entertainment Inc., a "formidable" indie distribution company, as they labeled it, in an interview after the October 3rd announcement, Robert Johnson talked in detail, in an interview, about the newly formed company's plans.

'Winnie' Director Signs Up For Found-Footage Thriller Set In 'South African Wilderness'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2012 11:28 AM
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South African filmmaker Darrell Roodt (also the director of Winnie - the Jennifer Hudson Winnie Mandela film) has signed on to direct a found-footage thriller that will be set in South Africa - Johannesburg specifically, from a script penned by an American screenwriter, Tyler Hisel, titled Safari.

Kenyan Sci-Fi - Watch Muchiri Njenga's Experimental Short Film 'Kichwateli' ('TV-head')

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2012 10:58 AM
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In consideration of recent conversations about sci-fi/speculative fiction in continental African cinema, here's an experimental short film titled Kichwateli (Swahili for TV-head) from self-taught Kenyan animator/graphic designer/film director Muchiri Njenga.

BBC Presents - African Perspective: 'Lipstick Evangelists'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2012 10:37 AM
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Here's a story idea here worth exploring, for all you filmmakers, whether you work in scripted or documentary filmmaking.

From The Front-lines - Best Practices When Emailing Us About Your Projects: Part 1

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2012 9:56 AM
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As these come to me, I'll post "Best Practices" entries for filmmakers primarily, who contact us with information about their projects, especially those who are doing so for the first time - a daily occurence, and sometimes en masse.

A Personal Interview With 'Elza' Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre

  • By Sergio
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  • October 9, 2012 9:50 AM
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We’ve certainly been profiling filmmaker Mariette Monpierre’s touching and beautiful feature film debut, Elza, for some time now and which makes its theatrical premiere soon at the New York City MIST Harlem Cinema, through Autonomous Entertainment and will hopefully expand to other cities after that.

'The Paperboy' Is Lee Daniels' Worst Box Office Opening Weekend Performer... But Not By Much

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 8, 2012 7:32 PM
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In so-called specialty box office for the weekend... 2 films that opened Stateside on Friday, in limited release.

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